Bobcats look to continue winning ways against Northwestern State

Sports Reporter
Players work the ball down the field Aug. 30 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

The Texas State soccer team is back on track after two wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Prairie View A&M last week, which improved its season record to 3-2.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team will be working on spacing going into Friday’s matchup against the Northwestern State Lady Demons.

“Just from looking at the two games this weekend and practice, we got to start working together—more connected than we were this last weekend,” Scoggins said.

Scoggins wants to see more connection from the team and better movement.

“Everybody working together as a collective unit because that way we are able to find options off the ball much faster,” Scoggins said. “Also when we go to attack we’re not just attacking with one or two, we are attacking with four and five.”

The Lady Demons are coming off a 10-0 victory against Alcorn in their last game. Nine of those goals were scored by freshmen. Lady Demons Coach George Van Linder said the Bobcats were a focus, even before their game with Alcorn.  

“Our pregame talk was about prepping for Texas State and just the things we need to do,” Van Linder said. “Hopefully we’ll get a few of those chances against Texas State, but if we get those chances they’ll be limited. But we got to take care of those opportunities and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Scoggins said the team has done a nice job defending the long ball, clearing the flanks and making sure the opposition isn’t creating scoring opportunities with one pass.

“Defensively, we are doing a very good job at solving it,” Scoggins said. “Right now we have three backs and they’re doing a good job at shifting that opposite wing back in to where it almost looks like we have four back.”

Scoggins said it’s important to limit space for an opposing counterattack but knows that can be a challenge.

“Our backs are doing a very good job at denying that long ball service and then to shift when it is in that flank to make sure we don’t get switched,” Scoggins said.

The last victory for the Lady Demons against the Bobcats dates back to Nov. 4, 2005. The Bobcats lead the overall series versus the Lady Demons (14-8-3). 

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